J Cancer 2018; 9(2):424-432. doi:10.7150/jca.21375

Research Paper

Limb-bud and Heart Overexpression Inhibits the Proliferation and Migration of PC3M Cells

Qicai Liu1,2*, Ermao Li3,4*, Long Huang3, Minsheng Cheng1,2✉, Li Li3✉

1. Guangdong Provincial Biomedical Engineering Technology Research Center for Cardiovascular Disease; Sino-Japanese Cooperation Platform for Translational Research in Heart Failure; Laboratory of Heart Center, Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510280, China;
2. Department of Cardiology; Heart Center, Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University;
3. State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Imaging Diagnosis and Interventional Center, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou 510660, China;
4. Department of Urology, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou 510120, China.
* These two authors contributed equally to this paper.


Background: The limb-bud and heart gene (LBH) was discovered in the early 21st century and is specifically expressed in the mouse embryonic limb and heart development. Increasing evidences have indicated that LBH not only plays an important role in embryo development, it is also closely correlated with the occurance and progression of many tumors. However, its function in prostate cancer (PCa) is still not well understood. Here, we explored the effects of LBH on the proliferation and migration of the PCa cell line PC3M.

Methods: LBH expression in tissues and cell lines of PCa was detected by immunohistochemistry and Western blotting. Lentivirus was used to transduct the LBH gene into the PC3M cells. Stable LBH-overexpressing PC3M-LBH cells and PC3M-NC control cells were obtained via puromycin screening. Cell proliferation was examined using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. Cell cycle distribution and apoptosis rate were investigated using flow cytometry. Cell migration was studied using the Transwell assay.

Results: LBH expression level was down-regulated in 3 different PCa cell lines, especially in PC3M cells, compared with the normal prostate epithelial cells(RWPE-1). Cell lines of LBH-upregulated PC3M-LBH and PC3M-NC control were successfully constructed. Significantly increased LBH expression level and decreased cyclin D1 and cyclin E2 expression level was found in PC3M-LBH cells as compared to the PC3M-NC cells. The overexpression of LBH significantly inhibited PC3M cell proliferation in vitro and tumor growth in nude mice. LBH overexpression in PC3M cell, also induced cell cycle G0/G1 phase arrest and decreased the migration of PC3M cells.

Conclusions: Our results reveal that LBH expression is down-regulated in the tissue and cell lines of PCa. LBH overexpression inhibits PC3M cell proliferation and tumor growth by inducing cell cycle arrest through down-regulating cyclin D1and cyclin E2 expression. LBH might be a therapeutic target and potential diagnostic marker in PCa.

Keywords: LBH, Prostate cancer, Proliferation, Cell cycle, Migration.

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Liu Q, Li E, Huang L, Cheng M, Li L. Limb-bud and Heart Overexpression Inhibits the Proliferation and Migration of PC3M Cells. J Cancer 2018; 9(2):424-432. doi:10.7150/jca.21375. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v09p0424.htm